Manathai Kicks Off Beach Boxing Fitness
Thai boutique resort collection, Manathai Hotels & Resorts, is introducing fitness activities by the sea with a uniquely Asian twist by drawing on the ancient marshal art tradition of Thai kick boxing.
Muay Thai is the Kingdom’s national sport – a centuries-old tribal martial art that resonates with culture, spirituality, and ritual – integrating elements of traditional music and ceremonial dance. Learning the art of Muay Thai therefore offers guests an authentic glimpse into the heart and soul of Thailand as well as an opportunity to improve their fitness and stamina.
At Manathai Khao Lak, by the secluded sands of Bangsak Beach, guests can learn the fundamental fluid movements of Muay Thai by joining lessons held at the resort each day, offered by a skilled trainer. Thai massage sessions are also included in the programme to help participants build a supple, more relaxed physique.
At Manathai Koh Samui, where nostalgic colonial architecture overlooks the Gulf of Siam, guest students can also train daily with a Muay Thai expert at a nearby boxing studio, then enjoy a healthy juice and feel the healing touch of traditional Thai massage that unlocks energy and releases muscular tension.
The resorts’ Muay Thai packages reflect a growing interest in beach fitness and holidays that balance chilled-out lounging with engaging activities. Muay Thai is a perfect sport for beginners, as well as those looking to develop their skills and core strength while also increasing mobility, boosting leg muscles, and improving lower body endurance. The instructors focus on basic techniques such as stance, footwork, basic punches, kicks, knees and elbows, as well as demonstrating effective defensive moves.
“Muay Thai uses almost every muscle in the body and is therefore a fully integrated way to lose weight. The sport also helps individuals build confidence and relieve stress – worthwhile getaway benefits to add to a wonderfully revitalizing holiday by the beach in the tropical sun,” says Chaipon Thamopart, resident instructor at Manathai Khao Lak and a former national champion in the sport.
The Muay Thai packages start at Bt6,400 net in Khao Lak and Bt8,000 in Koh Samui, valid for stays between now and 20th December.
For more information visit www.manathai.com/muay-thai-package.